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RATINGS: 1285   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle conditioned.
Old Numbskull is AleSmith’s first barley wine offering. You may find the name "Old Numbskull" curious. Barley wine has its origins in England and tradition is to begin the name with "Old": Old Nick, Old Sampson, Old Jock, etc. Tongue-in-cheek is often the spirit in naming a barley wine. After drinking a glass or two, you may agree that Old Numbskull feels like a fitting description. It also reminds us of the Three Stooges, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, so it’s meant to bring a smile even before the first taste. Exotic fruit aromas, along with clean ethanol, caramel, honey and toasty notes are present in the nose. At five months of age, the Numbskull flavor begins malty and the hops become more evident from the middle to the finish and linger nicely in the aftertaste. The aroma notes also show themselves in the flavor.

1999 - waxed cap
2000 - dated as such. Pictured at left
2002 - Silver foil with electric blue design and NO filling in the anvil spaces
2003 - Silver foil with electric blue design and blue filling in the anvil spaces
2004 - same as 2003 but with "Alesmith" below the logo in white lettering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Beautiful deep, dark red-gold color with little head. Incredibly well-balanced in every regard with a particularly well-rounded mouth feel. Hops, malt, alcohol--everything is in perfect balance. There is a slight sweetness throughout, assertive aromatic hops right away which then fades into a full-bodied malt structure that leaves a warm, bitter, haunting finish. Certainly one of the top barleywines out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Pours a murky bornw-orange amber. Little to no head to speak off. EArhty dark malt aroma, with slight floral acrid tinge of hops and the astringent bite of ethanol. Heavy sweet malt flavors in the nose, followed by old fruit flavors and a floral hop undertone. Finish hase a cloying hop bitterness complemented by alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is heavy without being overly sticky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2005
#400. Translucent rusty brown in color with a small, foamy, bubbled tan/gray head. Aroma is nectar, sweet floral hops, golden raisins and grenadine along with some brown sugar undertones. Flavor is delicious - smooth oak, creamy caramel and maple syrup. Orange-pine like qualities derived from the sweet hop profile. Sugary stickiness that melds the mouth shut. This is some good shit. Signature barleywine finish, hinting towards alcohol presence but ending in a sweet citric bitterness. Huge thanks to tpkenned for making #400 special!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Deep orange color, medium cream head. Medium body and fairly light bodied as far as barleywines go. Immediate rush of aroma when you open the bottle. Huge malty resin aroma. Loads of flavor was unexpected because of the lighter body. Typical barleywine style flavors of raisins, caramel, citrus bitterness and alcohol. Seemed a little underpowered albeit well crafted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Ruddy orange-brown body, medium off-white (buff) head. Caramely, toasty, hoppy aroma. Well-made but not unique, with caramel and toasty malts dominating the flavor profile along with piney, grapefruity hops. Slight aging mellowed the hops a bit, allowing the malts to dominate the flavor profile. Finished with a subtle ethanol punch. Very good, but not stellar. Thanks to humulus for opening this bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
Bottled. Pours brown. Aroma is VERY hoppy, with some malty sweetness. Taste is Strong, full, and very hoppy. Long bitter aftertaste. a truely great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (13597) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
Bottle. Very powerful, peppery, hoppy aroma. Brilliant and very strong flavour, malt, some liquorice, aromatic hoppiness. Liquorice aftertaste. OK bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
Dark brown pour from the tap at Father’s Office in Santa Monica.. Bigger mouthfeel than most barely wines, definite hop presence but also a big, almost belgiany, raisin sweetness. Citrus mixes with a big malt profile. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cstuartj (965) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
Another mind-blowingly great beer by AleSmith... I _really_ need to move to San Diego so I can get this stuff on a whim and not need to go through a million hopes to get a few bottles once in awhile. :(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - APR 15, 2005
I have been dying to get my hands on Alesmith for a very long time now, and now has finally come! Pours a deep, rich copper color. Aroma is whiskey-like, caramel, toffee and fruits. Alcohol spice in the nose as well. Flavor is most complex. Caramel, cherries, toffee, and aged whiskey. Nice alcohol warmth reaches into my tummy. This beer is top notch all the way, and well worth the wait. Sip and relax....

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